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Deptartment of History, Texas A&M University

Jonathan Coopersmith is working on a history of the fax machine from the 1840s to the present; one chapter concerns the rise of computer-based faxing and the integration of faxing into the "office of the future." His next project, partially started, concerns the intertwining of pornography and communication technologies. Needless to say, computers play a large part.

Historiography of computing and of software
Sr. Research Manager
Hewlett Packard Labs

Historiography of software; the transition from analogue to digital computing; the relationship between production technologies, hardware architecture and end-use; software production as an engineering discipline; software production as labor; embedded computing; high performance computing.

James (Jim) W.
History of information in society
Senior Research Fellow, CBI
University of Minnesota

James W. Cortada is the author of several dozen books on the management, use, and history of information technology. His most recent publications include the 3 volume Digital Hand (Oxford, 2004-08),The Digital Flood (OUP 2012), and All the Facts: A History of Information in the United States since 1870 (OUP 2016). He serves on the editorial board of the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, Information and Culture, among others. I am writing a history of IBM.

Alex Sayf
Intellectual property, urban history, postindustrial society
Associate Professor
Georgia State University

I am interested in the ways that technology, law, economic policy, and popular culture have shaped the landscape of the modern United States. My first book, Democracy of Sound, dealt with the politics of music and intellectual property since the dawn of sound recording, and my new project, Brain Magnet: Research Triangle Park and the Idea of the Idea Economy, looks at the rise of high-tech in the American South and the centrality of notions of knowledge and creativity in discussions of social and economic change in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century.

European cooperation - computer science - programming languages
Independent scholar

David Nofre is an independent scholar based in Leiden, the Netherlands. Nofre has a PhD in the history of science from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and a MSc in Physics from the Universitat de Barcelona. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Informatics Institute of the University of Amsterdam from 2008 until 2011. He specializes in the history of computer science, programming languages, and European cooperation in computing.

History of the PLATO system, online communities, social media, elearning, online gaming
PLATO History Project

Writing a book (Pantheon Books, Fall 2017) on the history of the PLATO system and the rise of cyberculture. The book is called The Friendly Orange Glow (see for more info). The PLATO system was developed starting in 1960 at the University of Illinois and by the 1970s was a worldwide interconnected network of CYBER mainframe-based systems with high-resolution, touch-sensitive gas-plasma display panel terminals, interactive multimedia, instant messaging, chat rooms, multiplayer games (including MUDs), message forums, online newspapers, virtual goods, screen sharing, and many other innovations assumed to have come much later.

Vintage computer collecting, history of portable computers, history of personal computing
President, Vintage Computer Federation Inc.

Vintage Computer Federation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. I personally have four primary interests. 1., The history of mobile/portable computers (I wrote a book on this subject). 2. History of military computing, particularly in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. 3. How to bridge the gap and advocate cooperation between amateurs (vintage computer collectors/hobbyists) and professionals (computer scientists, historians, journalists, professors). 4. History of microcomputing.

Con Diaz
Computing and Intellectual Property
Assistant Professor, Science and Technology Studies
University of California, Davis

I am a historian of science and technology with a special interest in law and public policy, and I received a PhD in History of Science and Medicine from Yale University (2016). My first book, currently in progress, is a history of software patenting in the United States. My primary research interests stand at the intersection of the histories of technology, business, and law, but my broader interests include the history of epidemics and women, gender, and sexuality studies.

computer and video game history
Assistant Professor
Georgia Institute of Technology

computer and video game history, personal computing, game studies, media archaeology, feminist and queer studies, visual cultur

History, Sociology, and Anthropology of Computing
Curator, Center for Software History
Computer History Museum

My Cornell STS dissertation (2015) was titled "The Appsmiths: Community, Identity, Affect and Ideology among Cocoa Developers from NeXT to iPhone," about the culture, values, and norms governing and motivating third party software app developers on Apple's iOS and macOS platforms, especially "indie" developers, and their roots in the NeXT community in the 1990s.

At the Computer History Museum, I am a software curator, responsible for collecting, preserving, and presenting the story of software to the public. We collect source code, executable programs, software packages, documentation, promotional materials, and conduct oral histories to preserve software and its history. In addition to continuing my dissertation work focused on conducting oral histories of NeXT engineers and developers, I am currently working on a project focused on the Xerox Alto and Smalltalk, fitting into my interests in the history of personal computing, graphical user interfaces, object-oriented programming, and software engineering.

Video Games
Museum Technician
Smithsonian Instutition National Museum of American History

Social and cultural video game history
Preservation and collection of video game and computer artifacts
Social and cultural studies of software computer history

History of information an communication technology
Visiting Researcher
European Centre for Soft Computing

*Rudolf Seising*, received an MS degree in mathematics from the Ruhr University of Bochum in 1986, a PhD degree in philosophy of science from the Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) of Munich in 1995, and a postdoctoral lecture qualification (PD) in history of science from the LMU in 2004.

He has been scientific assistant for computer sciences at the University of the Armed Forces in Munich from 1988 to 1995
and scientific assistant for history of sciences at the same university from 1995 to 2002. From 2002 to 2008 he was scientific assistant in the Core unit for medical statistics and informatics at the University Vienna Medical School, which in 2004 became the Medical University of Vienna. Since 2005 he is also college lecturer in the faculty of History and Arts, institute of history of sciences, at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.

In 2010 he was acting as a professor for science history at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.

In 2008 and from 2014 to 2016 he was acting as a professor for the history of science at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena. He has been Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley in 2000, 2001 and 2002 and at the University of Turku, Finland in 2008.

From 2009 to 2014 he was Adjooint Researcher at the European Centre for
Soft Computing in Mieres, Spain.

Associate Professor
School of Informatics and Computing

Nathan Ensmenger is an associate professor in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University. His research focuses on the social and cultural history of software and software workers, and questions of gender and identity in computer programming. His 2010 book, *The Computer Boys Take Over: Computers, Programmers, and the Politics of Technical Expertise*, explored the rise to power of the "computer expert" in American corporate, economic, and political life. He is one of the co-authors of the most recent edition of the popular *Computer: A History of the Information Machine*. He is currently working on a book exploring the global environmental history of the electronic digital computer. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Annals of the History of Computing.

Scientific data and information systems
Postdoctoral Fellow
Harvard University Center for the Environment

I study the history of scientific data and information systems, primarily since the late nineteenth century and especially in the chemical sciences. My dissertation, "Nominally Rational: Systematic Nomenclature and the Structure of Organic Chemistry, 1889-1940," traces how European and American chemists built and used rules of nomenclature to order the increasingly numerous and complex objects of chemical science and industry.

I am also pursuing research in the information technologies of environmental regulation, the application of physical and digital technology to the conservation and authentication of paintings, the automation of scientific reasoning in late twentieth century synthetic organic chemistry, and the historical relations between structural organic chemistry and graph theory.

Software Preservation Group of the Computer History Museum

Paul McJones is interested in the history of computer software, particularly from a scientific and engineering point of view: the evolution of algorithms, abstractions, systems, languages, applications, etc. He is currently involved in collecting and preserving source code, design documentation, user documentation, etc., of historic software. As a founding member of the Software Preservation Group at the Computer History Museum, he has assembled several collections including the original IBM 704 Fortran/Fortran II compiler from the team led by John Backus, as well as extensive collections of Algol, Lisp, C++, and other languages and systems. From 1967 to 2009 he was employed in software research and development, including early timesharing and programming language work at U.C. Berkeley, functional programming and transaction processing at IBM Research, personal distributed computing at Xerox, Tandem, and DEC, and enterprise software at two startups. He and Alexander Stepanov published the book _Elements of Programming_ in 2009.

Computer Science
Professor and Director
Concordia University, Ann Arbor

My education has been in experimental psychology, computer science, and business administration. I was at Eastern Michigan University, reaching the rank of professor of computer science and serving as department head for over seven years. I moved to Concordia University, Ann Arbor, to start a program in computer science. (CUAA has merged with Concordia U., Wisconsin, which has a well-established computer science program.) My original area of specialization was artificial intelligence, and I have also been engaged in software engineering, human-computer interaction, and the history of computing, especially of programming techniques and tools.

computer history
Associate Chair and Lecturer, Computer Science
Michigan Technological University

computer science education, database systems, security, artificial intelligence

Users and uses of computing technology, computing technology and politics, oral history
Associate Professor in History of Technology
Div. of Science, Technology and Society, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Jeremy C.
BSD / Berkeley Unix history

Open source advocacy. BSD software development. I am authoring a detailed book about the history of Berkeley Unix which touches on the history of Unix, TCP/IP and Internet services, open source licensing, and much more. (I currently have done over 85 interviews.)

Erik P.
History of Information
Director of Library Services
Hagley Museum and Library

Erik Rau comes to this subject more from the history of information, rather than from the history of computing, computers, or software. His current research is on the history of operations research, and so he has been interested in issues related to the collection, analysis, processing,and uses of information, particularly in modeling, simulation, and their relation to policymaking. His interest extends to the social relations and material culture at the heart of information processes. Rau's book project at the moment is about the adoption of operations research in the United States, 1942-52, but he also has in his sights on more contemporary contexts. He has drafted an article on libraries and their brief embrace of OR in the 1960s and 1970s, which addresses issues of library modernization and its impact on the information commons, which is to appear in a collection edited by W. Boyd Rayward. This volume will include a number of the articles that appeared in the double-issue on library/information science published by the Annals of the History of Computing in 2002. Much of the material developed during his year as the 2002-3 Garfield Fellow in the History of Scientific Information at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. He situates himself at the user end of of the history of computing universe. Rau is teaching at Drexel University and teaches a graduate seminar in the history of information.